While they often presented themselves as bodybuilders’ publications, their chuckle-prompting titles — Torso, Adonis, Honcho, Mandate — didn’t lie. Gay men’s magazines of decades past were bought by gay men who wanted to look at the erotic illustrations of well- built male bodies therein. Because any- one known to possess such material in the homophobic 1950s and 1960s could experience serious consequences, men hid the magazines under their mat- tresses. These illustrations have now inspired a traveling exhibition, Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall. Curated by notable erotic artist Robert W. Richards and orig- inating at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the popular show contains 24 original illustrations that ap- peared in gay magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s. It also looks at how gay men, forced into the closet during those decades, used these pictures to explore their sexuality intimately. It additionally serves as a showcase for the artists in- volved. On view are works by two dozen top artists of the times, including Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland), Antonio Lopez (Antonio), and David Martin.More
Producer, writer, and activist who produced shows like All in the Family, Sanford and Son, and Maude, is awarded the 2016 Freedom of Expression Award after a screening of the new documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.More
At the main festival ground on Saturday July 23rd and Sunday July 24th at Fort Mason Center, we welcome many celebrities from Japan, including WORLD ORDER, Silent Siren, Wednesday Campanella, GARNiDELiA, Mitz Mangrove, and many more, and we will also host a variety of events, including J-POP LIVE concerts, Meet & Greet sessions, Q&A with special guests, Interactive Summit, Travel Pavilion, Ramen & Sake Summit, dance, karaoke,cosplay and'J-POP Queen' drag contests.More
Once famous throughout the league as a haven for misfits and rejects looking to resurrect their careers, the Raiders have for the last decade or more made an art from out of epically wrong personnel decisions.
For most people, prayer and meditation, even in a group setting, is a singular and solitary experience, and public confession would be nigh unthinkable, but that is exactly what artist Victor Cartagena invites us to do with Confesiones y Hostias. Step up to the microphone, declare a sin over the loudspeaker, and win a communion host. Taken seriously, one might expect a lot of dead air but, as the audio installation Radio With Sin Us suggests, divulgence in the era of reality TV is hardly spectacular, even if it pushes your buttons. Both pieces can be investigated at "Sin and Redemption," a large exhibition that asks local artists in all mediums to contemplate spiritual rites, religious history, and sacred symbols. Here, among others, desert temple builder David Best creates an altar and invites people to leave notes about their loss and longing to be burnt along with the structure later this year; Donald and Era Farnsworth tackle the hidden meaning of geometry in their large tapestry Mythos 5; and opera’s favorite photographer John Martin interprets Stravinsky’s morality tale The Rake’s Progress. Art has often been likened to a mirror for the soul, prepare to get an eyeful.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Aug. 7. Continues through Aug. 23, 2012